A 900-ft. section of the hillside above SR 376 began to move in February 2019, forcing the Ohio Department of Transportation to close the roadway and begin emergency repairs.
More than a year after a massive landslide forced the closure of State Route 376, the road has been reopened. A 900-ft. section of the hillside above SR 376 began to move in February 2019, forcing the Ohio Department of Transportation to close the roadway and begin emergency repairs.
"This is the main route to Morgan County middle and high school, a nursing home and several county offices, so we knew we had to work as quickly as we could to safely reopen the roadway," said Darla Miller, ODOT District 10 deputy director. "We appreciate everyone's patience during the project. We know this was a major inconvenience."
While slips are unfortunately common in the hilly terrain of southeastern Ohio, this slide was one of the largest ODOT has had to deal with. Some of the project highlights include:
- 350,000 cu. yds. of excavation
- More than 9,000 ft. of 48-in. diameter drilled shafts, including around 4,200 cu. yds. of concrete, to stabilize the deep slip
- Nearly 10,000 ft. of 36-in. steel H-piles weighing 1.5 million lbs.
- 5,800 ft. of steel casing for the drilled shafts to allow the shafts to be constructed in poor soils
- After earthwork was completed a new slip developed and was repaired by excavating and grading the unstable area
Due to the scope and impact of the project, ODOT immediately sought federal assistance to pay for the $8 million project. The Federal Highway Administration quickly awarded $4.5 million in emergency funding for the project. Overall, federal emergency funding will make up about 80 percent of the total project cost.
"Not only do these projects take a lot of time to fix, they're very costly. We really appreciate Governor Mike DeWine, Congressman Steve Stivers, State Rep. Ron Hood and the Morgan County Commissioners for their work to help secure the emergency funding that made it possible to get this roadway reopened as soon as possible," Miller said. "I also want to thank the Meigsville and Morgan Township trustees for working with us on setting up a detour during the project."
State Route 376 carries more than 1,500 vehicles a day.